The Kraken and the Clock Tower: Week One

This post is a little late, since I’m already two days into week two, but here goes anyway. I have recently started writing a novel that is tentatively titled The Kraken and the Clock Tower. These posts will document that process, including a weekly word count check in, along with various thoughts and feelings along the way.


The general goal thus far in terms of word count has been 500 words a day, five days a week. I initially thought about launching into it with a NaNoWriMo pace, but this is a big project, and I’d rather leave myself itching to write more the next day than feeling burned out. As you can see from my stats above, I did go over by 500 words, mostly because I was on a roll with my writing Friday morning and I didn’t want to wait the whole weekend to hit a sequence running.

As with most of my writing efforts, I had to take time at first to write my way into the story. What this basically means is that nearly all of chapter one will be scrapped in a later edit. None of it holds together particularly well as good storytelling, and aside from a sentence here and there I’m happy with, it’ll go in the bin with a later edit, ready to be paved over with a smoother and better flowing introduction. But I would rather get to the meat of the story first, and get a somewhat functional first draft down on the page before worrying about going back.

Chapter two is a little more consistent so far. It jumps the point of view to a different character (probably a mistake so early on in the book) but it flows a lot better. I’m not sure how much of it will remain by the next draft, but I’m a lot more optimistic about it than the frankly awful first chapter. There was a point where I knew I really started sinking into the world I’m building, an innocuous conversation between two ancillary characters. That was, in fact, the scene I ended up going over my target to write and I’m glad I did. If it’s within my power to keep that conversation in the book as is, I will do it.

Beyond that, not a whole lot to say so far. The usual mix of excitement and nerves that signals the start of any new project, but that’s to be expected. I’ll be sticking to my pace of 500 words a day for the next few weeks, maybe jumping it up to 750 or 1000 in July.


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